An efficient cooling system is a necessity in areas where the temperatures are hot and humid. If your air conditioning system is not working efficiently it is costing you money instead of saving it. When performance drops it means that the system must work harder to do the same job and, therefore, will cycle on and off more often in an attempt to maintain a consistent temperature. How can you tell if your AC is working efficiently? Answer the questions below to find out.
Is Your Home More Than 15 Years Old?
Air conditioning systems are designed to last for 15 to 20 years on the average, but a system can begin to degrade around 10 years of age or so. If you are seeing signs of distress on the system it may be time to think about AC replacement as an alternative to another costly repair to keep it running. It may cost a little more but discounts and rebates will help lower your out-of-pocket costs.
Do Some Rooms Stay Cooler than Others?
Inconsistent heating and/or cooling is another tell-tale sign that your system is nearing the end of its usefulness. All electrical parts and components breakdown and degrade over time and your AC is no exception. If it is not able to maintain a consistent temperature from one area of the house to another you are losing money and sacrificing the comfort needs of the family members who use these areas.
Does the System Cycle Frequently?
Does your AC kick on and off too quickly? If it seems like your system is just running constantly this is a sign that it is not running efficiently and needs to cycle more often to keep up.
Are Your Energy Bills Too High?
If your current system is not running as well as it should it will consume more electricity trying to keep your inside temperatures steady. It will cycle more frequently which uses more electricity resulting in higher utility bills for the homeowner. While it is true that your air conditioning or heating system is responsible for a large portion of your homes energy consumption, if it is running efficiently it does not use as much energy because it is not kicking on and off so often and temperatures will remain consistent if the home is insulated as well.
Have You Made Numerous Repairs?
If you have had to repair your system frequently it is definitely a sign that something is not right. Your cooling system needing frequent repairs is costing you money for the repair bills themselves and also for the extra electricity it consumes when it is not performing at its best. Replacing small parts is to be expected and is a necessary maintenance job, but eventually the system will need a total overhaul and repairing the system may be more costly than just upgrading with an AC replacement.
If you answered yes to many of these questions then you probably should look into replacing your old cooling system with an energy-efficient system that will save you money. These signs are red flags that your current system is past its prime and should be replaced. ABA Heating and Cooling carry the best in energy-efficient, Energy Star appliances and can install your new system quickly and have you back up and running in no time. Call for more information on the latest new heating and cooling systems.